Apollo 11: The Inside Story

As last month marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the “one giant leap for mankind”, it seemed there were an…

The Chain

Every year has its defining crime thriller; think Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and The Woman in the Window. Adrian McKinty’s latest novel…

See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse

Social problems often seem insurmountable, until they are not. Masterfully researched and elegantly written, See What You Made Me Do shines a light into the darkest…

Not Working: Why We Have to Stop

Solidarity in slobbery, anyone? Psychoanalyst Josh Cohen thinks so. As he explains in his book, creativity depends on our connection to that still, silent spot…

Memory Craft

This is a toolkit for anyone wanting to optimise their powers of memory. Fortunately, the brain is a muscle that likes to be trained, and…

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

I have undertaken a workshop with Australian stingless bees. It’s fascinating to watch a community of clever, industrious creatures going about an intricate, mathematical, and…

The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack

Author JM Naqvi introduces readers to the Pakistani city of Karachi like opening a can of multicoloured worms. You can smell the scenes and taste…

Sir Francis Villeneuve Smith: Third Chief Justice of Tasmania

This is a book about a man born 200 years ago, whose accomplishments and legacy deserve to be remembered. Francis Villeneuve Smith led a remarkable…

Diary of a crap housewife

Jessica Rowe is an Australian journalist, author and television presenter who most people will recognise as the sassy, short-haired former co-host of Network Ten’s breakfast…

Candidates Disease

This is the latest in a string of books penned by ex-pollie Peter Breen. Described by the Byron Bay-based lawyer as a “cheerful romp through…